One Star Reviews

Pondering my own love of writing fierce one-star reviews of books, sometimes that other people consider to be classics, I went looking up other websites that appreciated ferocious reviews of such books and found a gem.  Being thus inspired, I decided to look at some of the one-star reviews that I have posted on my blog and would like to share some of my more witty and ferocious comments with you all, since many people express to me a joy of reading some of my more feisty book reviews.  Without any further ado, then, here is a selection quotable comments from one star reviews that I have given:

How We Forgot The Cold War, by John Wiener

“The way this author goes on about progressives and insults the conservative view of the Cold War, which he oversimplifies and mischaracterizes, he should be called John Whiner. ”

Heavenly Errors, by Neil Comins

“When I started reading this book, I thought it would be a five-star book.  By the time I got to the middle, it started looking like a three-star book.  Once I finished, I was irritated and disappointed that the book ended up being a one-star book. ”

Introduction To World Peace Through World Law, by Grenville Clark

“This book is a testament to the way that even the supposed good intentions of corrupt globalist elites are bad ideas, and not merely horrific in their attempted execution given the widespread horror such plans are viewed with in the United States, and rightly so.”

With Lee In Virginia, by G.A. Henty

“This is not a book that can in any shape or form be recommended to children, because they will likely absorb its historical perspective without being very critical towards it.  The fact that this bogus history is wrapped up with romance and excitement only makes it more likely to serve as poison wrapped in a sugary coating designed to appeal to young audiences.”

Land Of Wolves:  The Return of Lincoln’s Bodyguard, by T.J. Turner

“When your [book] does a worse job at presenting Abraham Lincoln in a plausible fashion than Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter, you are doing a terrible job.  This is an author that should stick to something that does not involve history, as this novel is an atrocity.  If not the worst book of all time, it may be the worst novel about Abraham Lincoln that I have ever read, and that is no mean achievement.”

Biomimicry, by Jenine Benyus

“The author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate scarcity, worship nature, and accept some kind of technocratic government ruled by unaccountable scientific elites who adopt some sort of socialistic system is shared by many others, and no amount of specific debunking of this or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether it is done through the choice to reject contemporary ways made freely by people or by coercion when they do not move far or quickly enough, the author’s ulterior motives are the same.”

Blinded By The Right, by David Brock

“Instead of presenting a genuinely worthwhile position, something worth modeling in public discourse or our own private lives, this book seeks to present a tired false dilemma, where the author was on both sides but never came to any sort of worthwhile position that truly comes to terms with the darkness and evil within his own heart, or the full extent of corruption within our body politic, of which this author is a prime example in so many ways.”

Don’t Know Much About Geography, by Kenneth Davis

“Don’t know much about geography? You’re not alone. Neither does the author. Or, to be more precise, sometimes the author confuses writing about geography in such a way as to educate, inform, and amuse audiences who often consider geography to be boring with writing thinly veiled propaganda that engages in double-standards in terms of what the author seeks to promote and what he seeks to attack.”

Historians In Trouble, by John Wiener

“What a disappointment that is, that the author shows himself not only to not give what the reader expects, but to be as unpleasant and disgusting about his offensive worldview as possible.  Given the flames on the cover of this book, it is surprising more copies of this garbage have not been consigned to the flames where they belong.  There are many more useful purposes for paper than serving the purposes of promoting this author’s quest to libel rival historians.”

Homeland And Other Stories, by Barbara Kingsolver

“There are only so many dysfunctional situations one can look at, so much bogus and smug left-wing hypocrisy and self-righteous moralizing before one declares the whole book to be garbage.  This is one of those volumes about which it can be said without a shadow of a doubt that the world would be better without such a volume, and that the paper would have been better spent in almost any other possible way.”

A Lie Of The Mind, by Sam Shepard

“The author gives very little reasons why any of us should care about the people in this play, especially when he seems to be insulting anyone who is from a background in rural America between the two coasts with the poor choice of quotes he makes about farmers and people in the country by H.L. Mencken.  If there is a lie in the mind, it is in the mind of the playwright, in this libelous portrayal of American life.”

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran

“Far from a masterpiece, this book is an example of the sort of evil that cultural elites have foisted on the public throughout the last few decades.  The author himself, like many of the false prophets of our contemporary decadence, lived a short life in which he wrote execrable texts, and then died to posthumous fame for having been a herald of our own evil age. ”

A Serious Call To A Devout And Holy Life, by William Law

“In terms of its contents, this book consists of 300 pages of someone giving their unasked for spiritual advice on how to engage in works righteousness and more or less earn their way into God’s good graces.”

Lincoln:  A President For The Ages, edited by Karl Weber

“Ultimately, this book exists for several purposes and all of them are bad.  Part of the purpose is to sell the movie, making this book a cash grab of the most obvious kind.  Unfortunately, that is the most noble of its purposes, which also include trying to co-opt Lincoln for all kinds of blameworthy progressive causes and perspectives as well as engaging in counterfactual history that allows for a great deal of wishful thinking on the part of people who consider themselves to be great scholars. ”

A Necessary Evil, by Garry Wills

“Garry Wills is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of a book on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, but this book is only worthy of the book equivalent of a Razzie.  At the heart of this book is a strenuous critique of a wide variety of anti-governmental attitudes ranging from militia (the author is particularly contemptuous of the NRA) to those who withdraw from participation in politics, even on religious grounds, but the author’s efforts at making government look like a positive good are self-refuting.”

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